US Ellison expects charges soon against officers tied to George Floyd's death
Trump expects 'full report' on death of George Floyd
President Trump on Wednesday described the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody as a "very sad event" and said he expects a "full report" when he returns to Washington. "We're going to look at it, and we're going to get a report tomorrow when we get back," Trump told reporters while touring the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., when asked whether the police officers involved in the death should be prosecuted. "We're"We're going to look at it, and we're going to get a report tomorrow when we get back," Trump told reporters while touring the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., when asked whether the police officers involved in the death should be prosecuted.
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison said Friday that he has “every expectation” authorities will press charges against the Minneapolis police officers involved in the death this week of George Floyd.
In a live interview on CNN, Ellison attributed the lack of charges several days since Floyd died to prosecutors with the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office “trying to be careful” to make sure they have a case that is “air tight” and won’t fall apart because of pressure to file more quickly than the evidence allows.
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The music mogul addressed his conversation with Gov. Tim Walz and demanded continued efforts to fight racial injustice.JAY-Z took to Instagram to address his conversation with Walz, and said that he'd been told the state's Attorney General Keith Ellison had taken over the case. JAY-Z called on Ellison to prosecute the men responsible for the tragic death.
“I have every expectation that they will be [filed]” soon, said Ellison, while pointing out that his office is not the one to make charges happen.
At the same time, he said, patience among the public is needed because, “If it’s not a solid case, we will be sorry later.”
Authorities have yet to arrest Derek Chauvin, the officer who held his knee to Floyd’s neck on the pavement for many minutes Monday as a witness’ cellphone camera rolled until he fell motionless. Floyd was taken to a hospital from the south Minneapolis intersection and declared dead that same night.
Chauvin and the three other officers with him have been fired and remain free as state prosecutors weigh criminal charges and the U.S. Attorney’s Office investigates whether Floyd’s constitutional rights were violated.
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin transferred to Oak Park Heights state prison
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is being held at the Minnesota Correctional Facility at Oak Park Heights, public safety officials confirmed late Sunday. Department of Corrections Commissioner Paul Schnell told reporters during a news briefing that Chauvin was transferred to the maximum security facility, a move he described as "not uncommon." Schnell said the decision was made partly due to concerns over COVID-19, and partly due to matters of jail safety. The move was made earlier Sunday in anticipation that large scale arrests of demonstrators could take place later that night.
Pressing Ellison further, CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota asked Ellison what yet to be released details from an autopsy could lead to anything other than the officers being charged in Floyd’s death.
“I can’t believe what can be in there to change my mind,” Ellison said, pointing out that was his personal observation and not representative of his office or any other government agency.
The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office disclosed Tuesday that Floyd was declared dead at 9:25 p.m. Monday, but cause and manner behind his death remain undetermined “pending further testing and investigation.”
Late Thursday, while calls grew louder from Twin Cities activists, national figures and others for swift action by law enforcement against the four officers, the examiner’s office said that its work on the autopsy Floyd’s death cannot be rushed.
The medical examiner cautioned in a statement that “the autopsy alone cannot answer all questions germane to the cause and manner of death, and must be interpreted in the context of the pertinent investigative information and informed by the results of laboratory studies.”
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© Copyright 2020, The Observations Are the new charges in the investigation into the death of George Floyd likely to calm the protest on the American streets ? The four police officers who arrested George Floyd in Minneapolis are now all being tried by the justice system and his death has been classified as "unpremeditated murder", as claimed by the hundreds of thousands of Americans who have been demonstrating since last week.